Township of Spallumcheen on track for new truck

Spallumcheen’s public works department is getting a new piece of equipment

Spallumcheen’s public works department is getting a new piece of equipment.

Council unanimously approved the department’s request to purchase a new tandem axle dump/plow truck.

“Funding for this new truck was approved in the 2016 budget in the amount of $300,000, to be funded from the external equipment reserve,” said public works manager Ed Forslund.

The fund is to help replace aging equipment once it has reached its life expectancy and is no longer reliable.

Five tenders for a 2017 vehicle were received with Premium Truck and Trailer from Kelowna winning the bid for a 2017 Freightliner model at $250,562.83.

With applicable taxes and options totalling $16,862.13, the total cost of the truck is $267,424.96 plus taxes.

“This price is $32,575.04 below the budgeted cost for this truck,” said Forslund. “The savings will remain in the equipment reserve.”

Building stats

There were more building permits issued in April in the Township of Spallumcheen than the same month a year ago, but at less value.

A total of 10 building permits were issued in the month worth $738,212. That compares with eight permits issued worth $2,037,800 in the same month in 2015.

One of the permits issued a year ago valued at $1.1 million.

So far in 2016, 21 permits have been issued in the township valued at nearly $1.6 million, compared to 17 permits worth nearly $4.4 million through the same time in 2015.